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    Ryan Howe

    Former Raptor signs with St.Louis FC

    Ryan Howe played for Raptors from a young age. He just realized his dream to play professional soccer by signing for St.Louis FC in the United Soccer League.

    Howe was born in Rockford, Illinois and played for Loyola University of Chicago from 2012-2016. In 2016, he started all 18 games in a season culminating with the first NCAA Tournament appearance in Loyola Chicago program history. Howe would go on to play for the Ocean City Nor’easters in the PDL during the summer of 2016 as the club finished as Eastern Conference champions.

    Congratulations to Ryan!

    Glasgow Rangers Camp Dates Announced for 2017

    The Glasgow Rangers ID Camp will take place at Sportscore 2 , June 15th thru 17th.

    This is a highly rated camp.

    Please register early to secure your spot.

    2017 PUMA CHAMPIONS CUP TOURNAMENT -Schedules and Results, April 7th-9th. Click on the logo view

    Click on the Logo to view Schedules and Results: 2017 Puma Champions Cup Tournament

    Schedules have been posted for the 2017 Puma Champions Cup Tournament.  We are excited to host 540 teams for this season's tournament.  Thank you for being a part of our tournament and good luck to everyone



    Tryout Dates Set for 2017/18 season

    The Tryout dates are now set for the Raptors 2017/18 season.

    Please see attached document with dates and times.

    U-10 Raptor to attend a week's training with Glasgow Rangers.

    Evan Carlock (2007 Boy's) will be training with Glasgow Rangers from March 31st thru April 7th.

    Evan was identified by the Rangers coaches at last year's ID camp in Rockford. He then attended the Rangers National ID camp in Georgia and from there was recommended by the coaches to attend a week's training at Rangers Training Center in Auchenhowie, Scotland.  

    Our congratulations to Evan and Good Luck!

    Raptors Girls Class of 2017 Signings

    The Rockford Raptors Class of 2017 that will be playing college soccer are:

    Abigail Austin (Hononegah HS) UW OshKosh , WI

    Lauren Chacon (Dixon HS) Lewis , IL

    Mackenzy Jankiewicz (Belvidere HS) Charthage College, WI

    Emily Liebert (Hononegah HS) Carroll College, WI 

    Erin Mercer (Hononegah HS) UW Whitewater, WI

    Adela Pelayo (Harlem HS) Judson College, IL

    Lauren Phillips (Hononegah HS) U of Minnesota Moorehead, MN

    Ellie Provo (Dixon HS) St.Francis U, IL 

    Maria Schmidt (Boylan HS) Lourdes University, OH

    Madisyn Smith (Boylan HS) UW Whitewater, WI

    Meghan McCarthy (Beloit Memorail HS) Ripon College, WI

    Abby Beck (Winnebago HS) Carroll University, WI

    Valerie Franklin (Beloit Memorial HS), TBA

    We are extremely proud and excited to see this group succeed at the next level

    Raptors U23 player Taylor Sarver earns all-MAC Conference honors

    LOVES PARK, IL - November 12, 2016 - (Excerpts from the Rockford Register Star)

    Raptors U-23 player Taylor Sarver (Harlem HS) was the lone Northern Illinois University Huskie to be named to the All-MAC Conference team, the conference announced Saturday.

    Sarver led the Huskies in all the major categories this season, including goals (7), points (15), minutes played (1,771) and game-winning goals (3). She led them all the way to their first MAC championship-game appearance since 2006, but the Huskies dropped a 1-0 battle to Kent State on Sunday, despite holding the edge in shots on goal (6-5) and corner kicks (5-2) in that game.

    Now, after advancing to the Mid-American Conference championship match for the first time in a decade, they’re both looking for much better things to come in the near future.
    “We put ourselves in position to improve even more for next season,” said Sarver.  “We’re all going to come back hungrier after this season — I know I’m going to be hungry.”

    Sarver helped the eighth-seeded Huskies knock No. 1-seeded Ball State 3-2 in penalty kicks in the demifinals, scoring her first collegiate postseason goal. She tied the game at 1-all in regulation, and also scored on her shootout attempt.

    Several Raptors continue success at collegiate level

    LOVES PARK, IL - November 1, 2016 - Several Rockford Raptor collegiate student-athletes have earned collegiate honors this past season.  As many post-season honors are currently being posted by the respective conferences, we will announce all news here.

    McKaela Schmelzer (FR, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) - Named as the Horizon League's Freshman of the Year.  Schmelzer played a key role in the Panthers' defense, quickly finding a starting role in the backline. In addition to helping build the team shutout total to eight while starting all 18 games, the newcomer finished the regular season with three goals and six points, firing off 26 shots overall.

    Emily Valentine (FR, University of Illinois-Chicago) - Named to the Horizon League All-Freshman team.  Valentine was a dual force as a defender that additionally contributed on offense to earn All-Freshman Team honors. While she appeared in all but one game, she helped the Flames to five shutouts and limit opponents to a combined 23 shots over four games. She added one goal and three assists as she turned out a four-point performance (1g, 2a) in across two games.

    Casey Culver (JR, University of Mobile) was named as the Southern States Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of October 10-16.  Culver, a junior midfielder earned his first award of the season and he is the second Ram to win offensive honors.  Mobile grabbed a pair of SSAC road wins, winning at Martin Methodist and Bethel.  Culver saved his best for last, scoring twice at Bethel, including the game-winner, which gives him four on the year.  He leads the team with seven goals and is tied for the lead with 16 points.

    Adrienne Giglio (JR, Robert Morris University) was named as the Chicago Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. The  junior goalkeeper, did not allow a goal in 165 minutes in the net during the week of October 3-9 highlighted by her 1-0 shutout of No. 13-ranked St. Ambrose on Saturday when she stopped five shots on goal.  It was her first blanking of the season.  She also held Roosevelt University scoreless over the first 75 minutes of a 6-0 victory last Tuesday when she denied four shots on goal.  With her two scoreless performances and nine saves, Giglio lowered her goals-against average to a conference-best 0.90 on the season.

    Taylor Sarver (SO, Northern Illinois University) earned MAC Conference Player of the Week honor by factoring in on half of the Huskies six goals in wins over Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan. She scored the first two goals in the 4-0 win against CMU and assisted on the game winning goal in the 2-1 victory over EMU.  The Machesney Park, Ill., native has been classified by Head Coach John Ross as, "one of the fastest players in the MAC," and she used that speed to get behind the defense on both of her goals against the Chippewas.  Sarver leads the Huskies in points and goals with nine points and four goals in nine games played this season.

    Sydney Rumple (SR, Robert Morris University) was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) 2016 Academic All-District 2 Women's Soccer team, which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.  Rumple is a center midfielder for the Eagles, who has posted three goals and an assist for seven points in 13 games played this season.  The senior was a CCAC All-Conference First team selection in 2015 and she is a nursing major, posting a 3.53 grade point average.

    Thirteen Raptors FC players earn prestigious IHSSCA honors

    LOVES PARK, IL - October 26, 2016 - Thirteen Rockford Raptors FC student-athletes were selected to the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association (IHSSCA) All-Midwest, All-State, All-Sectional and Honorable Mention teams this week.

    "This is a tremendous honor for these kids and we congratulate every one of them for the hard work they put in - on and off the field," said Frank Mateus, Rockford Raptors FC Director of Coaching.  "Our coaching staff  is especially proud to have coached these players as well."

    Antonio Diaz (SR, Sterling HS) garnered All-Midwest honors; Aidan Keefe (SR, Boylan Central Catholic HS) and Raul Pulido (SR, Rockford Guilford HS) were named to the All-State team; Michael Kozlowski (JR, Rockford Boylan Central Catholic HS), Remington LeRette (SR, Dixon HS), Carson Masters (SO, Rockford East HS), Connor McGarry (SR, Boylan Central Catholic HS) and Andrew Villacorta (SR, Rockford Christian HS) were named to the All-Sectional team.

    Goalkeepers Carson Davenport (SR, Boylan Central Catholic HS) and Cooper Jevremovic (SO, Rockton Hononegah HS) were named as All-Sectional goalkeepers.  Davenport also received All-State honors.

    Isaac Brown (SO, Rockton Hononegah HS), Mitchell Etheridge (SR, Dixon HS) and Tanner Grable (JR, Machesney Park Harlem HS) gained Honorable Mention All Sectional  honors.

    The Rockford Raptors FC congratulates this group!

    Raptors U19s win Illinois State Cup!

    NORTHBROOK, IL – October 16, 2016 – The Rockford Raptors U19 women’s soccer team captured the Illinois State Cup Saturday night by edging out GLSA Libertyville 1974 by the score of 2-1 at Techny fields in Northbrook.  Maggie Woods and Lauren Chacon each notched goals, while Erin Mercer, Kaylee Parsons and Kylee Hermeyer each provided assists in the contest.

    "I am really proud and happy for the U19 team,” said Frank Mateus, the Rockford Raptors FC Director of Coaching.  “We have been playing very well and this is a great way for the student-athletes to add to their resume – playing great teams along the way and an especially great team tonight in the finals.  The team has been extremely committed and they have come together as a team – which for me as a coach is great to see.”

    The Raptors bested SBWAFC Warriors (4-1), Peak Academy (3-0), SAA Sports United (4-0) and tied Ela (1-1) in pool play, en route to the semi-finals in which the team defeated FC Lake County 2-0 to earn a spot in the final.

    With the victory, the Raptors U19 team is 18-2-4 on the season and adds the Illinois State Cup to their championships for the season, including the Strike FC Fall Classic (WI) and the Puma Labor Day Cup.

    Woods leads all goal scorers on the team with 29 goals (11 assists), while goalkeeper Alyssa Darling holds a 0.79 goals against average in 24 contests.

    The Raptors U19s will play in the 2016 November College ID Showcase, hosted by the Rockford Raptors at Sportscore Two in Loves Park, IL, November 18-20.

    U-18 Raptors player featured on ESPN Sportscenter

    Tony Diaz from the U-18 Raptors Boy's team was featured recently on Sportscenter.

    He is currently playing for Sterling High School,

    See attachment below with video of his goals.

    Want to join the Raptors Club?

    Are you interested in joining the Rockford Raptors and missed tryouts?  It may not be too late!  Please contact one of our Directors for information.

    Frank Mateus -

    Hugh Ward -


    US Soccer has mandated that all affiliated organizations register players based on birth years. US Youth Soccer competitions (which includes the MRL) will be implementing age group calendar year registration and competitions beginning with the 2016-17 soccer year as follows:
    US Youth Soccer Statement on 2016-17 Age Groups


    Girls U13 Select team wins Crystal Lake tournament

    LOVES PARK, IL – The Rockford Raptors FC U13 Select Girls captured the Crystal Lake Force Tournament August 21-23, going undefeated in all four matches, defeating Palatine Celtic SC Select 3-1 in the final. Multiple goals by Breanna Culver and Madeline Martinez propelled the Raptors through pool play, defeating Palatine Select SC, Crystal Lake Force Select and McHenry Soccer U13 Viper Girls by the scores of 6-1, 4-1 and 3-3 respectively. Carina Colletti and Martinez each had goals in the final. The team is coached by Danny Zambrano

    Crystal Lake Tournament Champions

    Raptors announce partnership with Glasgow Rangers North American Academy

    Raptors have signed a partnership agreement with Glasgow Rangers North American Academy. See attached press release.



    Please vist the Glasgow Rangers web site for more club details.


    ACL Prevention Video

    Click on the link for information on ACL Prevention

    Raptors FC Offers Three Levels of Programs - Which is Best for Your Child?

    Please see below for the Raptors FC outline of programs available for yor child.  Contact us with any questions you may have.

    Thank you, Raptors FC Staff

    Proud to be Raptors FC



    •More than 200 former Raptor Players have gone on to play at the College level.


    •3 former players now play in the MLS


    •Currently More ODP Players than any other local Club

    •More National Team players come from Raptors FC than any other local Club

    • has listed 2 Raptors FC players on the Top 100 players in the Country

    •Only Player from Rockford named to ESPN’s Rize All Chicago Team

    •Only local Club to have players selected to All-Midwest Regional Team

    •Entire Coaching staff is certified and licensed while more Raptors Coaches hold advanced diploma‘s and more Licensed "A" coaches than any other local club.

    •Average tenure for a Raptors Coach is more than 6 years with the Club and many have been with the Club since the inception.

    •National Champions (2 times)

    •National Runner-up 2004 and 2005

    •Regional Champions (5 Times)

    The History

    •Establishedin 1994 as one professional team in the former USISL (now called USL, a second divisionleague below MLS) with the help of Dr. Wedgbury and established Youth system shortly thereafter. Doing so with the sole purpose of creating quality soccer training opportunity for Rockford’s youth. Later was the backing for establishing ISC and Sportscore Two as The premier Soccer Facility in the Country.

    •Annually provides more than $70,000 in scholarships and financial aid for players.

    •Annually provides recreational leagues for more than 2,000 kids

    •ONLY Local Club that have participated in MRL (boys & Girls) since its inception.

    •Established and continues to host one of the most successful and sought after tournaments in the Midwest and Country as The Puma Cup hosts more than 680 teams annually over 2 weekends in April.

    •Established and hired a Full-time Professional Athletic Trainer. To continue to raise and set the bar for other Clubs to try and copy but not duplicate. The ONLY local Club to do so.

    •2009 Raptors  named as PUMA Premier ClubThe Rockford Raptors have received the designation as a Puma Premier Club. They join an elite group of clubs from across the nation: Sacramento United (Sacramento, Ca), Les Bois SC (Boise, ID), Southern California Blues (Costa Mesa, CA), Albion SC (San Diego, Ca), TSF Academy (Lincoln Park, NJ), Brooklyn Italians, (New York, NY), Charlotte United (Charlotte, NC) and Snohomish United (Snohomish, WA)

    Passion, Dedication, Loyalty and Honor



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